I was riding the train home the other day when I noticed a pretty, young girl get on board and sit diagonally from me. She was surrounded by people and I was looking at her because I loved her haircut. She seemed nervous, but I went on to look at my phone and listen to my music. It was about three minutes later that this pretty girl started to shake and gasp loudly. Yes, she was having a panic attack.
Being on the other side:
I don’t think I’ve ever been on the other side of it, seeing someone else have a panic attack, because they always just used to happen to me and me alone. I have to say, it was an uncomfortable situation. Forget the fact that I had to be strong for this girl, but it caused such worry to everyone around to see her like this. And she was a total stranger. Imagine if it was someone you knew. And that’s when I realized what perhaps my family and close friends have been feeling towards me or others they have in their lives- extreme worry.
Upon asking the girl what was wrong she confirmed that she was having a panic attack. The others around her were telling her to calm down and relax. But I, I stood quiet for just a little bit; I had to think, even for just a hot second and reflect on what would it be that I want to hear.
How to help/cope:
Truth is, when you’re in that mindset of the world just being one big scary place, it’s very difficult to ‘shoo’ it away. You actually have to accept what’s going on before it can go away. Otherwise, you are just running away.